Saturday, April 14, 2018

You'll have no idea how far you can walk until you spread your wings

The car is back together and everything is good to go...but it won't start.  In a strange twist of events, I actually know why it won't start.  The fuel is not getting from the fuel pump to the carburetors.  There is fuel in the hose TO the fuel pump but nothing on the other side (the outlet to the carburetors).  I  tested the pump prior to installation and it pumped as expected (suction on one side and an air poof on the other).  After a few minutes of trying to start, I stopped, swapped  to another fuel pump that was tested...and nothing happened.  The engine turns over but doesn't start.  Only a matter of time before the battery dies trying to revive a dead horse.  I've never had a car try so hard to stay in the garage.

This leads me to believe that it's either the fuel pumps are bad (both of them), the bakelite stand is too thick and affecting the operation of the fuel pumps, the fuel pump rod is too short (I'm only aware of one length) or...yeah, that's about all I've got.  If I can't figure it out at the next 'go round' on Monday, I'll probably just swap the electric fuel pump back into the car so I can get it running, change gears and work on the doors a bit...then circle back to the rear torsions being reindexed and tweaking a few other things before the trip back to Illinois.  I'm am still hopeful that I can drive the car a little before it goes back to Illinois.  We'll see how that goes.

EDIT: I removed and measured the fuel pump rod and it's the correct length (107mm) so that's not it.

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